Greasers and Gringos
Latinos, Law, and the American Imagination
By (author) Steven W. Bender
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Greasers and Gringos by Steven W. Bender
Book DescriptionAlthough the origin of the term "greaser" is debated, its derogatory meaning never has been. From silent movies like The Greaser's Revenge (1914) and The Girl and the Greaser (1913) with villainous title characters, to John Steinbeck's portrayals of Latinos as lazy, drunken, and shiftless in his 1935 novel Tortilla Flat, to the image of violent, criminal, drug-using gang members of East LA, negative stereotypes of Latinos/as have been plentiful in American popular culture far before Latinos/as became the most populous minority group in the U.S. In Greasers and Gringos, Steven W. Bender examines and surveys these stereotypes and their evolution, paying close attention to the role of mass media in their perpetuation. Focusing on the intersection between stereotypes and the law, Bender reveals how these negative images have contributed significantly to the often unfair treatment of Latino/as under American law by the American legal system. He looks at the way demeaning constructions of Latinos/as influence their legal treatment by police, prosecutors, juries, teachers, voters, and vigilantes. He also shows how, by internalizing negative social images, Latinos/as and other subordinated groups view themselves and each other as inferior. Although fighting against cultural stereotypes can be a daunting task, Bender reminds us that, while hard to break, they do not have to be permanent. Greasers and Gringos begins the charge of debunking existing stereotypes and implores all Americans to re-imagine Latinos/as as legal and social equals.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780814798881
(5830mm x 3895mm x 20mm)
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Steven W. Bender
Mea Culpa, Hardback (January 2015)
Examines how the United States' collective shame about its past has shaped the evolution of law and behavior. By examining policies and practices that affected the lives of groups that have been historically marginalized and oppressed, the author helps you draw persuasive connections between shame and its eventual legal manifestations.
Run for the Border, Hardback (May 2012)
A realistic account of the porous US-Mexico border - from both sides
Tierra y Libertad, Hardback (September 2010)
Traces the history of Latinos' struggle for adequate housing opportunities, from the nineteenth century to today's anti-immigrant policies and mortgage crisis
Everyday Law for Latino/as, Paperback (April 2009)» View all books by Steven W. Bender
Practical guide to US law for Latino/as, the most populous minority in the US.
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Author Biography - Steven W. Bender
Steven W. Bender is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at Seattle University School of Law. He is the author of Greasers and Gringos: Latinos, Law, and the American Imagination (NYU Press, 2003), and One Night in America: Robert Kennedy, Cesar Chavez, and the Dream of Dignity.
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